Governor signs bullying and school board reform bills

With all the breaking news last week, I neglected to point out the governor signed two pieces of high-profile school legislation, an expansion of the bullying law and the business-backed school board reform bill. Here are statements on both bills:

First, a release from the Anti-Defamation League on the bullying bill:

Governor Sonny Perdue has signed into law an ADL-backed bill that provides Georgia schools with new tools for cracking down on bullying, including provisions that target the growing menace of cyber bullying.

S.B. 250 expands on previous state law, which covered just physical violence, to include “Any intentional written, verbal or physical act which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass or intimidate.” The bill was sponsored by Republican State Representative Mike Jacobs, but also attracted broad-based bipartisan support.

“We applaud Rep. Jacobs, the legislature and Governor Perdue for taking steps to create a safer learning environment for Georgia students,” said Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of ADL.

“As one of the leading providers of anti-bias diversity education training for schools, we are in contact with teachers and school administrators on a daily basis. And with few exceptions, all tell us that bullying to one degree or another is an issue in their individual schools,” Nigut said.

And here is the state release on the school board reforms:

Governor Sonny Perdue today signed into law Senate Bill 84, landmark school board governance legislation.

“SB 84 gives the state the ability to step in when a local school system’s accreditation is threatened. This bill strikes the appropriate balance between local control and state intervention when a system is in crisis,” said Gov. Perdue. “I want to thank my floor leaders, Rep. Jim Cole and Sen. Bill Heath, as well as our Education Committee Chairs, Rep. Brooks Coleman and Sen. Dan Weber for their hard work and leadership on this issue over the past two sessions.”

The legislation standardizes board ethics policies and board training, clarifies the law delineating the roles and responsibilities of superintendents and board members, creates minimum qualifications for board candidates, and gives the state the ability to find responsible citizens to serve on school boards when existing members fail to serve the interests of their students.

The Commission for School Board Excellence met, held hearings and conducted research to come up with a set of recommendations for best practices in school board governance. The Commission for School Board Excellence Co-Chairs John Rice, Gary Price and Phil Jacobs, along with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders, produced strong recommendations making Georgia a model state going forward.

Gov. Perdue originally included SB 84 in his legislative package during the 2009 session. After failing to receive final approval last year, a renewed push this year saw the bill pass with overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate.

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The Sunday Paper

May 30th, 2010
2:19 am

Why is The Sunday Paper reporting that some City Council members are floating the idea of the city taking over Atlanta Public Schools?

Are people getting tired of the top heavy bureaucracy and the perceived arrogance of APS officials?

Ros Dalton

May 30th, 2010
2:41 am

I am glad to hear bullying, especially of a non-physical nature, taken more seriously. Safety is step one in creating an environment conducive to learning.

I’m not sure, however, what we’ve seen at the state level which would make me trust SB 84. At least with school board members selected solely by the community we have people we can reach and call to account. If more of their already very limited authority and autonomy is being dissolved into the state then why even bother holding elections? The idea seems to be, “you can pick anyone you want… from these two people the state approves.”

bootney farnsworth

May 30th, 2010
7:17 am

so ever when Sonny finally gets something right (Bullying) he can’t
help but undermine himself with the SB 84

catlady

May 30th, 2010
7:25 am

It will be lots of fun to try to enforce the bullying law with increasingly fewer resources. Not that I am pro-bullying, but write a law and FUND IT. You see, when other people’s kids do it, it is bullying. When your kid does it, it is “being a boy” and “teasing.”

Show Me

May 30th, 2010
8:09 am

“(3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:
(A) Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1;
(B) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
(C) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
(D) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.”
________________________________
Will this law protect teachers from the aforementioned bullying by administrators? Will teachers now have support of law enforcement when they are harassed, bullied, intimidated by unethical administrators?

Freedom Education

May 30th, 2010
8:24 am

Two very bad bills.
SB250 –So who determines what “a reasonable person would perceive”?
SB84—Sorry local rednecks, you are not smart enough to elect your own board members, therefore, politicians will do it for you. If you go to Center for American Progress (www.americanprogress.org), you will see who is influencing this socialist agenda. It is called progressivism and both parties embrace it.

V for Vendetta

May 30th, 2010
8:43 am

I agree with Freedom here.

This bullying bill is nothing but political nonsense. I’m not pro-Bullying, of course, but I am pro-kids-standing-up-for-themselves-and-having-a-shred-of-self-esteem. The bullying bill is only going to cause more schools to end up on the news for making stupid decisions and poor interpretations–i.e., overstepping their boundaries while other, more obvious, instances of bullying go unnoticed. Way to go Sonny.

I won’t even comment on the socialist SB84. We all know that government run schools are inherently socialist, but bills like this just take it to a new level. I’m surprised that so many so-called “conservatives” in Georgia don’t see that socialists in drag (aka Republicans) such as Sonny and George Dubya are expanding the government as fast as blatant socialists like Obama.

Oh, I forgot that Sonny and Dubya are Christian, so that somehow makes it OK . . . .

Good point show me

May 30th, 2010
9:21 am

Show Me is on to something. Much of the bullying comes from the administration to the staff/teachers. It is common knowledge that teachers have complained about being bullied by their administrators. Could the bill not have included them too? Wait until next year when teachers do not/cannot/ will not have time to stay late because they are going off to a second job. The complaints will roll in. Don’t believe for one minute that administrators are going to actually support teacher pullback. Administrators will still expect the same amount of time, low discipline rates, short turn around on graded work and a smile on your face for much less. We’ll see.

Moses Waddell

May 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Just another useless bill by a useless legislature.

RH

May 30th, 2010
9:58 am

“Dubya are expanding the government as fast as blatant socialists like Obama.
Oh, I forgot that Sonny and Dubya are Christian, so that somehow makes it OK . . . .”

ObamaGod claims to be a Christian, but is a Muslim in sheep’s clothing. Admit it and stop being PC, ObamaGod is destroying this country.

Kim

May 30th, 2010
10:14 am

Keep data and then discuss intellectually…see if achievement increases,decreases, or stays the same. Keep the data over several years. One year will not be conclusive. Do a scientific study. Good luck, Walton. Keep a positive and optimistic outlook.

Kim

May 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Comment was intended to be in response to Walton’s decision to go to 160 days. One click of the computer keys incorrectly….my error.

USMC DAWG

May 30th, 2010
10:28 am

First of all, this is a great bill. Children need a safe environment to learn.
Question for Bill Nigut: How DIVERSE is your “Anti-Defamation League”???? That’s what I thought.

Ole Guy

May 30th, 2010
11:06 am

Bring back the school yard fights…let kids resolve the issue.

We harp incessantly about the need to allow kids to think for themselves; to arrive at solutions; to be free-standing thinkers. Then, ignoring this, we legislate the hell outa the process of being kids.

At the same time, we are witnessing a generation(s) of weenies, slovenly kids, barely into the double-digits of age, who can’t run from here to there, who are in constant need of some sort of approval for the most menial of “achievements”, and…sadly…in all-too-large numbers, fall prey to the psychological villians of life, both in “normal society” and on the battlefields.

Compared with generations of yesteryear, who, for the most part, were allowed/encouraged to be kids, we, as a society, insist on hovering over the “Nancys” (ok, so I’m a sexist pig), lest they skin their knees in the process of becoming adults.

Go ahead and pass laws on kid behavior, all-the-while having absolutely no idea how to enforce said law, or, for that matter, what the point of the law is. Will this law actually cause the bully to reconsider his wayward behavior? Is the point of the law to cause parents, after the “embarrasment” of having been appraised of their little “Nancy’s” behavior, to suddenly become “parents”?

Let’s get real, for a change. let the legislative geniuses concentrate (if that’s at all a possibility) on the business of state and let kids be kids. Eventually, they might even learn to be semi-useful, semi-responsible adults.

Mizz

May 30th, 2010
11:22 am

The bill needed to go one step further. School curriculum should include a class for the students on what constitutes bullying. Let’s teach our kids what actions they should avoid instead of just punishing them for what they do. This could be a real “teaching moment.” A lot of students have parents who are Bullies. Stand in line for any major event and you will see parents at their worst. Kindergarten registration at one of our local schools turned into a free-for-all when parents pushed, shoved and broke the line to better serve themselves. Verbal altercations followed. What a poor example to set!

Dan

May 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

The height of stupidity! It should be illegal for any legislature to enact a law without specific provisions for enforcement, which does not mean definitions like reasonable. Especially when dealing with schools, if there is one group of people who lack reason when applying rules more than politicians it is educators

Further steps needed

May 30th, 2010
1:01 pm

Where is the bill to protect teachers from administrative abuse? Of course the teacher bashers will rail at this, in their knee jerk response not even taking time to think such a bill would be in the best interests of children to have a teacher teach them in an abuse free environment.

And how to bring this about without too much regulation? Simple; make an administrator’s evaluation dependent in part on how staff rates them. No competent administrator should fear this, and no competent administrator will say that an abusive working environment for the teacher is best for children, so what possible reason would anybody oppose it, unless it was to perpetuate abusive work environments?

Where is the AJC?

May 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

Where are the investigative reporters for the AJC? Isn’t it past time to do an investigation into SACS? Is it true that SACS is at least in part a taxpayer supported, yet private organization?

If this is true, shouldn’t taxpayers know something about a private organization that can literally wield the power to destroy a local housing market? Shouldn’t we know more about the potential political/personal connections between SACS officials and politicians and whether or not they have ever influenced a SACS investigation? Who holds SACS accountable if they act in unethical ways?

Why has the AJC been afraid to investigate?

Carter is a Fool

May 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

GSU pilots texting program
Georgia State began using the technology in about 15 business classes earlier this year, and more professors are expected to use it this fall, university officials said. Vick said the university pays about $10,000 a month to run the program.

This is neat tech toy, but It is NOT WORTH $120,000 yearly. Students can email a professor or simply ASK A QUESTION. This is why our schools and universities are not being wise stewards of the funds given them. I currently teach and these types of gimmicky expenses are why the budget runs red and people are being laid off and furloughed or fired.

Schools are underfunded and the current Politicians are underfunding them more every year, but education must not spend money on GIMMICKS and TOP HEAVY Administration. Look at the mess in Dekalb for a problem with Administrative salaries and outright Fraud.

Intruder

May 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

The purpose behind the anti-bullying bill may be noble but I fail to see how it will PREVENT bullying. The only thing that this legislation will do is to provide a legal remedy to be used after the fact. Arrests, prosecution and punishment will cost money, and that is one commodity that is in short supply.

bootney farnsworth

May 30th, 2010
2:21 pm

@ ole guy

by chance, were you the school bully?

Observer with no dog in this fight...

May 30th, 2010
2:25 pm

My goal is not to defend administrators but it seems as if administrators are always portrayed in a negative light by teachers on this blog. At first, I tried to rationalize by thinking that many bosses are disliked but this blog seems to have a true disdain for administrators.

When the lady encouraged her students to where Klan costumes, bloggers were asking where were the administrators? Why did the administrators not review lesson plans?

Unfortunately, no one posted that many teachers feel they do not have to complete and turn in lesson plans. When they are required to turn in lesson plans, the administrator is being unreasonable and not “supporting” teachers. I am in a family of teachers. There comments about lesson plans always take me back. In other industries, submitting plans for projects are expected (with out question). When I suggested that they should turn in lesson plans, the conversation derail to how bad teachers are treated by administration, parents, and students.

I placed the term support in quotations because I hear the phrase “administration does not support teachers” and again when I explored this phrase with family members, the conversation was derailed with the same mantra about being mistreated by parents, administrators and students. Maureen, I think a blog comparing teachers’ definition of support, administrators’ definition of teacher support, students’ definistion of teacher support and parents’ definition of teacher support will be interesting.

Back to my original point, many teachers (on this blog) feel that administrators are worthless. Since this blog loves the idea of charter schools and choice. Maybe a group of teachers can get together, create a school and not have an administrator in the building.

Before you reply with stories of horrible administrators, I am sure administrators can match those stories with horrible teachers.

I wish this blog did not come across as being a forum for so many angry, and disguntle teachers. In the economic crisis with so many things to be worried about, I think the rest of the world have grown weary of teachers whining!!!!!

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bootney farnsworth

May 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

here’s the little fact the macho let them fight it out themselves crowd seems to happily forget.

bullies, by their nature, won’t pick on a kid who CAN fight back. and usually they have a pack of junior wannabes who join in at the first sign of trouble.

the schoolyard fight you want becomes a slaughter as it was nowhere near
“fair” to begin with.

so what you’ve accomplished is some poor skinny geek has just had his head handed him – usually sans several teeth. and you’ve validated the bullies view of self, meaning he’s now looking for an even weaker kid
he can beat even worse.

no wonder our schools are in such pitiful shape. far too many here don’t want education – they want the WWE

bootney farnsworth

May 30th, 2010
2:30 pm

sadly I agree that this legislation will probably do nothing.

but in the worst cases, it will allow for more than a slap on
the wrist for the offenders.

catlady

May 30th, 2010
2:32 pm

We are frequently asked to intervene in bullying that goes on OUTSIDE of school. Guess the legislators will put that on our plates next.

You know, one time I sat in a faculty meeting and listed all the things teachers are charged with doing, either by the state, feds, or local BOE. After 2 pages of notebook paper, I ran out of room. YET I CANNOT THINK OF A SINGLE THING THAT HAS COME OFF THE LIST SINCE I STARTED TEACHING IN 1973! (If I had been teaching earlier, we could have added splitting wood and putting it in the heater, but luckily we don’t have to do that anymore!) Everything is a priority now, and everything is given to the teachers to do! Yet no power to enforce anything, even bringing a pencil to class.

bootney farnsworth

May 30th, 2010
2:33 pm

say folks, lets focus.

the issue here is not how badly we’re treated by the system.
its how predatory kids prey on weaker ones.

there are better places and times to discuss the intimidation
tactics used by our administrators

bootney farnsworth

May 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

@ catlady

that’s ’cause somewhere in the 70s society decided it no longer
wished to parent. it got farmed out to us.

yet God forbid we actually try…

Further steps needed

May 30th, 2010
2:48 pm

Bootney, if teachers have a legitimate recourse to deal with administrative abuse, it empowers them to speak up in those cases where administrators try to sweep bullying under the rug.

So they really go hand in hand.

Further steps needed

May 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

Bootney when teachers are free from administrative abuse, they are better able to advocate for kids who are being bullied on those occasions that administration tries to sweep it under the rug.

So both issues really go hand in hand.

Further steps needed

May 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

The blog monster is being a bully today I see.

Skeptic

May 30th, 2010
3:02 pm

This is soooo bogus. Politicians wasting time and money passing meaningless feel-good legislation and mugging for photo-ops. 90% of all states /schools have anti-bullying laws and policies, and it doesn’t make one iota of difference to the kids being targeted. And to every parent of a bullied child, stop being outraged that ‘other people’ aren’t fixing your families problems – take your kid to therapy or get the Total Bully Solution ( http://www.totalbullysolution.com ) or enroll them in mixed martial arts.

V for Vendetta

May 30th, 2010
3:04 pm

bootney,

Why SHOULD we try? Many of us have children, and we work in a profession that is already charged with partially raising children. The fact that you would think any of us would willing want to do more to PARENT these kids is ridiculous. You are obviously NOT a teacher. I have more on my plate than I can handle. As catlady pointed out, I cannot count how many things we are supposed to be doing for the students. You don’t see a problem with this?

Look at how watered down the education process is. One of the main reasons is all of the tasks we are expected to perform that are not related to education. The more duties you have on your plate, the more time is taken away from each of them. It isn’t hard to figure out. There are only so many hours in the day.

Yes, God forbid we actually try. While we’re trying to raise all these children, we are NOT performing the one role we should be performing better than all the others . . .

. . . that of the EDUCATOR.

V for Vendetta

May 30th, 2010
3:05 pm

RH,

Thank you for proving my point with your ignorance. I don’t care what religion a politician is; it is irrelevant to their job. I dislike Sonny, Bush, and Obama for political reasons. Their respective religions don’t matter–nor should they.

Lee

May 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

Bottom line, an effective administrator did not need this law to effectively deal with a bully. All this will do is for school systems to create another chapter in the War & Peace novel (school handbook) that no one will read but weak administrators will hide behind like a Roman Gladiator shield.

What is bullying and what is playground banter? That will be the question.

Get ready for some more “Tweety bird Keychain” decisions by administrators.

Protecting teachers helps students

May 30th, 2010
4:21 pm

Protecting teachers from administrative abuse allows them to speak up for students when administrators and school systems sweep bullying under the rug.

So the two go hand in hand.

RickinATL

May 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

@Freedom: great comment—and I’m a staunch libertarian (small “l”) but–
the truth is, we AREN’T smart enough to elect good school boards. Take Dekalb. And APS. (Please).
More accurately, the disinterested and unintelligent voting majorities in those school districts (all too many of whom are themselves products of these same bad public schools) make terrible voting decisions time after time. This is not a race thing, it’s a moron thing. (There are plenty of white morons to go around).
So what are we to do? I say anything would work better than the status quo. We’ve demonstrated we don’t hold dear the right to elect our own boards….and that we’ll elect people who think the Crawford Lewises and Pat Popes of the world are actually the best and brightest they can find…

Meanwhile, an aside to the parents who vote for these losers: you all DO understand that electing grandstanding, pandering fools to run your schools and subsequently saddling your child with a mediocre (at best) public-school education marks you as a pretty big failure as a parent, don’t you? Yes it does. No, really–it does.

When you make your own bad personal decisions, there’s sort of a Darwinian fairness about it; you get what you deserve, usually. But when you sentence your child to receive a substandard education and then fail to even try to steer the process in any intelligent way, you’ve passed more than your genes on to your progeny; you’ve saddled them with a tax they’ll have to pay their entire lives; a penalty for having been born under your roof.

catlady

May 30th, 2010
5:10 pm

bootney, I thought this blog was focusing on the predicted efficacy (or lack of)for new laws passed and signed that affect education. As such, looking at the other (stuff) that has been foisted off on schools is appropriate.

No one says bullying isn’t a problem. But is the passing and signing of this law the solution, or does it add to the burdens schools are tasked with?

I know: let’s pass a law that kids have to come to school ready to learn.

Ole Guy

May 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

Farnsy, I’m glad you asked that question…”was I a school bully”. The answer, I hope, will paint a distinctly different picture of yesteryear’s youth from today’s kids.

Starting in the 7th grade, and through to hs graduation, I’ve had a fair amount of first-hand contac with “bullys”…back then, we simply refered to them as a_ _ holes. Being a military bratt, my encounters with subject a_ _ holes ranged from South American Nationals to “gentlemen” of the Pacific Rim…S. Korea, Philipines, etc…with a few local toughs at the schools which shared a student body between the locals and the “rich kids” from yonder (referencing local military communities). And, of course, periodically, there would be altercations among the “kids on the brown buses”…usually over such issues of state like “making time with another’s girlfriend” or stealing one’s brew cache at last Friday’s bash. And often, these altercations were simply the desire of the a_ _ hole to exert power and influence.

IN ALL CASES, FROM MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH A BULLY, TO MY LAST, PROBABLY DAYS/WEEKS PRIOR TO GRADUATION, THE ANSWER WAS TO STAND UP TO THE A_ _ HOLE, SQUARE OFF AND MIX IT UP. Usually, upon sensing eminent defeat, the a_ _hole backed off right there. If not, than you were gonna get sweaty!

Be it known that I was never really a fighter…I am, and always have been a Type B Personality (if I lost you on that one, break out the psyc book). However, my experiences (and, I am quite certain, similar experiences of many of my peers of the day) taught me to maintain flexibility in meeting the challenges of life; to adapt to fluid circumstances.

Many of us, before our 21st birthdays, were cast into roles upon the confusing field of battle, flying helicopters, leading troops, and just staying alive in a scenario of mankind gone mad.

Maybe, just maybe…how we were allowed to meet the challenges of youth in the 60s paved the way for how we dealt with the challenges of war, how we view the challenges we, as oldsters, see today…and how we view the VERY SAME challenges confronting today’s youth.

Get off the kids’ backs and letum be kids. They’ll figure it out.

Ole Guy

May 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

You know, Farnsy, in re-reading your comment, I’m afraid you’re right. Kids today have no sense of honor…they see no problem…nothing wrong…in ganging up on a hapless loner. Time was when this sort of action would have been condemned by peers, thus relegating the a_ _hole to the “dungeon of shame”.

We read stories of kids who kick others…girls much less…in the head, causing life-altering consequences for the victim, all-the-while creating next to zero consequence for the perpetrator…

You’re right, Farnsy, kids today, as with many of their 30 to 40-something parents, have no honor, no sense of calm-in-the-storm, and, like their offspring, are equally worthless.

Real scoop

May 30th, 2010
8:17 pm

The real scoop behind the school board bill is that it was written to protect GAE’s influence on local school boards.

ignorance is bliss

May 30th, 2010
9:09 pm

And to think that to this day people think that Clayton had its accreditation pulled because board members acted unethically. If that were really the criteria for losing accreditation, wouldn’t dozens of Georgia school systems have lost their accreditation by now?

Not that you can justify the actions of Clayton’s BOE, there were enough clowns on that board to fully staff a three ring circus.

Still, to give one current example, when you want to discuss degrees of fatally flawed, which is worse, board members publicly squabbling, or board members standing virtually united in giving a superintendent under investigation and soon to be indicted a pay raise?

What this law in essence does in give SACS and the governor the power to overturn the will of the people through SACS’ threat of sanction.

Is it appropriate to give that kind of power to a private entity working in concert with the governor; the power in essence to hold counties hostage if they don’t like the elected officials the people chose to elect?

ScienceTeacher671

May 30th, 2010
9:18 pm

It really would be nice if there were an enforceable bill saying that students needed to come to school ready to learn, and imposed consequences on the students and the parents if that didn’t happen.

Maybe even failure that wasn’t blamed on the schools for those students who didn’t try.

Parent/Teacher

May 30th, 2010
9:34 pm

On Friday afternoon, it was announced that SACS-CASI has recommended a change from accredited/warned to probation for another Georgia school system:

“the school system’s continuing accreditation is in serious jeopardy as the actions of Board members are in direct conflict with their own policies and AdvancED Accreditation Standards. Evidence reveals that the current Board has not demonstrated its ability to provide consistent, positive and effective leadership in moving the system forward.”

http://www.topix.net/forum/city/douglas-ga/TOLLTMO7EN8CK541E

School board members have “stepped outside” for a fistfight and their monthly antics are broadcast on the local cable station. Only one has a college degree; campaign platforms have included returning prayer to football games and promises of absolutely refusing millage increases.

Wonder why SB 84 was indicated? Popular election has obviously not worked here…teachers substitute during their planning periods, the local salary supplement was eliminated, and class sizes will soar, but they have more than twice the state allotment of administrators.

Legend of Len Barker

May 30th, 2010
10:02 pm

Considering the local school board in my home county, I may not be against SB 84. Would they mind stepping in now and make our board actually organize a search committee for a real superintendent? You know, one that wasn’t brought in two years ago to be a temporary solution?

Not my county, but the Dougherty County BOE is a complete mess. In their recent superintendent search, the board picked the candidate that was ranked something like 34th out of 35 of the search they conducted.

red herring time

May 30th, 2010
10:46 pm

Looks like the pressure from the blogsphere is getting to SACS. Many observers pointed out the obvious, which is despite the foolish actions of the GAE majority led Clayton school board, that SACS stepped in for political reasons, and not for the best interests of students, when the GAE majority led board felt their power was being threatened.

Now that the blogsphere has highlighted numerous school boards that equal, if not put the antics of the Clayton school board to shame, SACS is suddenly more active. Coincidence?

The question that needs to be asked, since SACS can virtually destroy a housing market if not the entire economy of an entire county, are there any personal or political relationships between the school systems in question and SACS, as there were reputed to be in the Clayton county fiasco?

Is the AJC willing to ask it?

Parent/Teacher

May 30th, 2010
11:22 pm

Maybe the collaboration between Georgia newspapers can be extended to education coverage as well?

http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2010/05/24/georgia-newspapers-form-partnership-for-10-political-coverage/

DoubleAction of Clayton County

May 31st, 2010
8:17 am

There is a big difference when a Republican is leading the way for our future in Georgia.

http://claytonwatchdog.proboards.com/index.cgi

Economicwoes

May 31st, 2010
8:27 am

Do not think that Alvin will support this bill and stop the harassment and bullying of his staff. His central office employees were fined by the EEOC in late 2001. This claim involved threats, bullying and injury to an employee. Alvin did nothing but raise the salary and promote those involved. Four years later this ex-employee was subjected to harassment at her new place of employement by the Director of LAN/Wan in the tech. department. It was the over the same misunderstandings that caused her injuries. Alvin does nothing.

clayton watchdogg

May 31st, 2010
10:33 am

Woof! Woof! Woof! I am a clayton watchdogg!!! 75 miles away!!!